|Writers||Ashley Miller (scenario)
|Cast||Ben F. Wilson Virginia Clark Laura Sawyer Charles Sutton Richard Allen|
|Plot||John, the black-faced sheep of the Ballet family, is ill in a Western mining town, and finding that he is about to die writes to his younger brother, Will asking him to take care of his little motherless girl. Before he can finish and mail the letter the cold hand of death stills his heart and be is found dead in his cabin by a miner friend. The miner reads the letter and takes it, with the child, back East to Will Hallett, who is a young bachelor and society man, engaged to a wealthy and beautiful girl, Betty O'Moore. Will's first impulse is to refuse the bequest but the winsome little three-year-old tot, with her golden curls, worms herself into his affections at first sight, and he decides to keep her. An incident in the park the next day shows him that Betty, his fiancée, does not care for children and he puts off telling her of his little charge. The baby proves a trial as well as a delight to Will, as she is the cause of his breaking an engagement with Betty for the opera, then another for a luncheon, which so angers Betty that she gathers his numerous presents together to return to him. The little Rose is suddenly taken ill and Will telephones an employment agency for a nurse, who, when she finds the patient is a child, refuses to stay. Will, in desperation, leaves the house to find a nurse, and during his absence Betty, who has decided to return his presents in person, arrives at his rooms, and finding the sick baby, realizes that here is the innocent cause of her lover's apparent remissness as to his engagements. The real woman heart of her is awakened by the sweet helplessness of the little one, and she gathers her into her arms and comforts her in the way that only a woman can do and thus Will finds them upon his return. He sees the presents on the table and Betty's engagement ring at the top of the heap, but as she takes this from him and coyly replaces it on her finger, he realizes that his little orphan ward has now found a mother as well as a father.... search for The Orphan on IMDb|
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